The Worshipful Company of Cordwainers...Established in 1272 in London, England, The Worshipful Company of Cordwainers recognized The Honourable Cordwainers' Company in 1987, and is our parent guild.
The Outwith London Guilds of Great Britain...The HCC has been officially listed amongst the Outwith London Guilds of Great Britain, Ireland, and the USA
London College of Fashion--Cordwiners College Historic Shoe Collection...Collection of shoes and boots dating from early 11th century to mid 20th century. Very interesting collection with details about each piece. Must register to access and search full collection, but well worth it.
Footwear in the Middle Ages....an interesting and detailed overview of construction techniques for recreating medieval footwear
Shoemaker's Shop...The Colonial
Williamburg Shoemaker complete with photo of 18th century shoemaker.
Confederate Shoes...Description and
photograph of a pair of Confederate Brogans found at Ft. McHenry.
Venetian Chopines...An on-line
research paper by Elizabeth Bernhardt, a grad student at the University
Internet LeatherCrafter's Guild....A virtual guild for those
interested in all facets of leather working. There's a lot here, from a
discussion forum to a chat room to a knowledge base to member galleries
Association of Leather Trades, Footwear, and
the Foot...This is the homepage of the Amicale des
Cordonnières et des Cordonniers (roughly--the Association of Men and
Women Shoemakers) a French guild of shoemakers and allied Trades. The
page is in French but if you copy the URL to your clipboard and then
paste it in the URL window at the Go Translator Service you will get
an English rendition that will convey the gist of the text content.
ShoeInfoNet...One of the early
shoemaking related sites put up by Roger Maas in Belgium. Always being
updated and revised. A very extensive compendium of many shoe related
Museum of LeatherCraft...Now
online--some of the most interesting items made of leather, including a
beautiful painted vase made from the bladder of a camel Well worth a
Users Manuals ...A collection of
downloadable Users Manuals, in pdf format, for common (and not so
common) sewing machings and other bench mounted machines. Posted on
Rossi Archive Finding Aid ...Dr. Willian A. Rossi, (1910-2003)
was one of the foremost American shoe experts who amassed an impressive
archive over his nearly 70 year career. It now resides in the archives
at Stonehill College in Easton, MA and is available to researchers by appointment.
The finding aid (see link) is 133 pages and can be downloaded from the attached site.
Appointments can be made directly through the Director of the Archive, Nicole Caspar—Edward Meader
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